I know I've said it before but I will say it again - there is just not enough time to sew everything I have on my list. Lately there hasn’t been enough time in the day to get everything done. It must me December... :P
Our second night at Stratford went well and once again I had a lovely time. I decided to be different and wear the Pimpernel. I paired it with my turquoise necklace and matching bows at the neck and sleeves (pinched from the pet en l'air).
I really don't know what to do with this dress. I love to wear it but I hate the way it looks in pics. It needs some major work, particularly the fit and the sleeves, before I'll be pleased with it. I think I'm just going to throw the original design from the Scarlet Pimpernel musical to the wind and remake the dress as a mid 1780s dancing dress. For Stratford I unpicked the sleeves almost halfway, rolled them underneath and basted in place (sewing through 8 layers of taffeta was FUN - not!). I think I'll just cut them off and if I have enough extra fabric do a ruched elbow trim
. The fit of the bodice also needs work, particularly the back. I'm thinking about taking off the "zone" front flaps too... I think they make the bodice look poorly fitted and you don't really notice anyway.
It's needs some trim of course, although I think I'll keep that to a minimum. I don't have much extra fabric so maybe some organdy or lace trim. There are some pretty lace trimmed gowns in the Met. Oh or black velvet ribbon... umm...
Maybe I'll make this my Christmas week project. Then again I have the bustle bodice, the mini tricorn, the 1840s Poe dress, the Pearl Dress and the secret frock to work on already...
See - too many projects not enough time!
PS - My hair came out well again - yay! I think next time I wear this I need more height and some powder though. No point in being conservative with a screaming fuchsia pink dress, ya know?